Waywheat Species in Pronathea | World Anvil


The upside-down grain

"Aye, that there wheat ain't growing normal. What's this rubbish meant to be?"
- A mildly disgruntled farmer
  Though waywheat is very similar to normal wheat, it is distinctive in that where normal wheat grains grow up and away from the stem, waywheat grains grow down and away from the stem.  


Found and cultivated by the Northern towns of Kubicha, waywheat has become somewhat of a commodity due to its innate medicinal properties.   When waywheat is crushed and ground up, and baked into bread, biscuits, or other wheat-based delights, a healing warmth will spread throughout the eater's body, healing most minor injuries. The consumption of waywheat products has become somewhat of a celebratory ritual as well, and most royals have their grain-based foods made of waywheat to have the constant healing available to them.   When aided by other healing magics, waywheat does have the ability to return life to the recently departed, though this is not something considered as an innate effect of waywheat and does not always result in successful rejuvenation of the deceased. In very few cases, the magics have restored life to the deceased, but caused them to have a new life of undeath, rather than return to their original life.  


An allergy to waywheat is not uncommon and tends to be accompanied by a general wheat allergy, however, providing your allergy to it is not severe, it can be cured by ingesting a waywheat based product. There are a few cases, however, of complete immunity to the healing properties of waywheat. Though this is generally only exhibited by Elves, other races have succumbed to it as well.
Ecology & Habitat
Though it can be grown almost anywhere, waywheat prefers grasslands with moist, nutrient filled soil.   Geographic Distribution
Limited to the grassland regions of the main continent of the Eight Lands.


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Jul 27, 2018 08:49 by Han

So, what adds the healing magic to this? And is there any specific cause of it growing upside-down? Well-written, as usual ^^

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Jul 27, 2018 08:57 by Andrew

There's no known reason for it to be any more magic than the rest of the world is. It growing upside down just represents its earthly disposition. Also, I pride myself on my ability to write well. Not necessarily content-wise, but well nonetheless.

Jul 27, 2018 08:58 by Benjamin Andula

Interesting way of exploiting the wheat into fantasy. Like Hanhula upward, I'm feeling like a lil'lack of explanations of the part including healing magic. Still, I would have been interested to have economical and societal aspects of it beyond only its uses ^^

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Jul 27, 2018 09:32 by Andrew

This might help; dragons exist in a fantasy world because that world is magic. Dragons themselves are not necessarily magical, but their ability to breath fire/acid/whatever comes from the magic of the world. Same concept, but with wheat.

Jul 27, 2018 10:02 by Benjamin Andula

Clearly explaining.

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Jul 27, 2018 09:40 by Xanthuss

Loved the opening quote haha. Very cool article, a little bit quirky which I liked! So it can cure its own allergy?

Jul 27, 2018 09:42 by Andrew

If it's not severe enough to cause anaphylaxis, yes!